Oregon was able to come back and get it tied late in the second half, but Cincinnati used a 23-12 run to win the game, 77-66, and the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
The Bearcats’ starting guards, Ja’Quon Parker, Cashmere Wright, and Sean Kilpatrick, led the way scoring 44 of the teams’ points. Kilpatrick started off the game hot but all 11 of his points were scored in the first half. The teams’ bench, especially forward Titus Rubles, had a strong second half and finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
Oregon’s offense was widely spread out as multiple players had a chance to play a good amount of time. Arsalan Kazemi started his first game and dominated the boards again for the Ducks. He finished with a game-high 13 rebounds and three steals along with his nine points. Carlos Emory scored the most points going 4-11 from the field but making 6-7 free throws to finish with 15 points. He also had nine rebounds, all of his production came off the bench.
Tony Woods struggled all night, eventually fouling out after going just 1-2 from the field and also turning the ball over twice. He only played for six minutes. The starting guards, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, never really had much production in the game with just eight points and two assists combined.
Oregon benefited from their size inside but couldn’t overcome the wealth of talent from Cincinnati’s guards and their bench that took over the game late. The Ducks fall to 5-1 but come away as the runner-up in the tournament They resume play on Thursday against Texas-San Antonio at home. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT.
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